Extremely high temperatures are projected for the rest of this week. As of this writing, every day from Tuesday until Friday has a forecasted high of over 100 degrees. The hottest day will be Wednesday, which is forecasted to be 108 degrees.
Temperatures this high can result in heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke, which is a life-threatening medical emergency. Common symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, nausea, dizziness, rapid pulse, fatigue, and muscle cramps. If untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke. Heat stroke symptoms include all of the symptoms of heat exhaustion, and may include a decrease in sweating. Heat stroke patients also can act inappropriately or have an altered mental status. To avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke, stay cool and stay hydrated.
Skyrocketing temperatures also increase the risk of wildfires. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Fire Weather warning for much of this week, meaning that the conditions are ideal for rapid fire growth. Please follow all fire restrictions and avoid any activities which could spark a fire.
Finally, if you or your family plan to take advantage of the hot weather by going to a body of water, wear a lifejacket.
Stay cool and stay safe!